Have a heart

Did you hear Phil talking to Lucy Millard a couple of weeks ago about a major new fundraising campaign that’s just been launched by one of the best known – and best loved – charities based here in Newark?

If you missed it, don’t worry – her colleague Katherine Wright will be on the phone next weekend, this time to June on Girls Around Town, explaining just how you can keep Beaumond House in your heart…

As part of the campaign, Kat and the team will be working hard over the coming months to fill the hospice garden with little blue hearts.

Made by potter Karen Chesney of Norwell, they’ll be mounted on steel stems and put on display in the garden. Each heart will carry the name of the loved one being remembered, just like the one in the picture of four-year old Evie above, dedicated to the hospice’s former director John Oldham.

Their aim is to have 1,000 hearts in the garden by the autumn, after which they can be collected by the donors to keep, and the first orders have already started to arrive.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am next Sunday to find out how the campaign will help Beaumond House continue to care for more than 550 patients and their families every year…

And how you can support them in their work if you have a heart dedicated to the memory of someone special in your life.

Photograph by Claire Andrews, Little Posy Photography

Returning to the office well

A few more top tips for you on Girls Around Town on Sunday

And this time it’s the familiar voice of Rosalyn Palmer you’ll be listening to – and learning from!

Wellbeing guru and therapist Ros will be back on air in the second hour of the show, sharing a few ways to make easing yourself back into the office a little bit less difficult, after so many months spent running your own business or working for someone else’s from home.

Based on a recent article written for the Hays website, those top tips of hers – there are five of them in all – are designed to make getting back to ‘normal’ as stress-free as possible, suggesting what you should be doing and, just as importantly, what you shouldn’t!

“As human beings, wired by the primeval part of our brains for survival, we have a negativity bias that keeps us on high alert for what is wrong (or a threat) and we seek comfort in what is familiar,” says Ros.

“Over the last year we, as an adaptive species, have made the unfamiliar (lockdown and working from home for many) familiar. So now, the reverse is true and what was once commonplace will feel strange and possibly a threat.”

Make sure you put on your Sunday best this weekend to hear what Ros has to say when she’s on the phone to June from 11.10am

Just tune in to 107.8FM, listen online or head over to the free Radio Newark apps and join them both to find out how her words of wisdom can help you return to the office well!

Getting your eating habits back on track

Do you find yourself heading to the fridge or the food cupboard when you’re feeling anxious, upset or simply bored?

Do you reach for a biscuit and then can’t stop till you’ve finished the packet or unwrap a bar of chocolate, intending to have just a couple of squares, but before you know it you’ve scoffed the lot?

If this sounds like you, then this week’s guest on Girls Around Town is here to help you out!

On the phone to the studio in the second hour of this week’s show, Liz Blatherwick will be talking about her new book, A Practical Self-help Guide to Managing Comfort Eating, which will be published in early September.

Packed with plenty of ways to help you think about and manage your relationship with food and weight, it’s based on a tried and tested 10-week course run by Liz and her former business partner Lesley Butlin.

Liz will be joining June this weekend to describe why she decided to write her first ever book, how it helps readers work out what they might really be hungry for when they eat emotionally and how trying some of the skills and exercises she suggests can help them begin to work out what works best for them.

The book’s already available for pre-orders but if you don’t want to wait till September to start changing your eating habits for the better, make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from 11.10am on Sunday when Liz will be sharing two or three of her top tips to help you identify some of your emotional eating triggers…

And improve your health and weight by replacing them with calorie-free skills to cope with your feelings!